At some point in our lives we have all walked into the gym terrified. Maybe it’s when you were in high school and training with guys 5 years older than you, or when you first got to college and you had know idea what you were doing, or maybe it was even last month when you decided to reinvest in your health and fitness.
Everyone feels insecure and vulnerable at times but it is crucial to remain positive. We may struggle with cleans, not understand the workout, and forget what the heck a thruster is! Regardless, recognize that you are here and you are investing sweat equity into making your life, and the lives of those around you, better. Negative talk will bring everyone down. No one wants to be around someone who says they cannot do something. We come Pennant because those around us motivate us; so let’s reciprocate and motivate them!
I challenge you to listen to your words and pay attention to your body language while in class. How many times do you say ‘I’ll never do that’ or ‘I wish I could do that’? Let’s replace those thoughts with ‘Pride In Effort’. Be proud and confident of your ability to always challenge your limits. Be proud to know that you are working out while others are sleeping or relaxing. Be proud to know that you are investing in your health and creating a hedge against sickness. With a small change in attitude and mindset you will have greater appreciation for the ‘suck’ and the road ahead. And the crazy thing is, you will start to achieve things you had never thought possible.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt